East Lothian Council

Dog Warden Services

Approved professional dog walker scheme

The Council has launched a voluntary “approved user” accreditation scheme for professional dog walking companies.

The number of professional dog walking companies has increased in recent years and companies and dog owners are aware of the different standards of care being offered. This voluntary scheme give companies the opportunity to understand the requirements for best practice and also offers reassurance to owners who are seeking a dog walker for their pet.

To be granted approved user status, the company has to agree to a number of conditions including:

  • no more than six dogs to be exercised at any one time
  • the professional dog walking company to have relevant pet business insurance
  • dogs to be transported in a vehicle fit for purpose with dogs adequately secured
  • to have a first aid kit designed for dogs
  • dogs to be tagged with the professional dog walking company’s own company tag whilst under their authority 
  • controlling dogs during exercise
  • cleaning up any dog fouling
  • being aware and responsible for other land use – i.e. keeping away from livestock and bird habitat areas.

The scheme is available for all dog walking companies who regularly exercise dogs in East Lothian, not just those who are based here. Those who gain the accreditation will be able to display their Council Dog Watch approved certificate on their vehicles and will also have user ID.

Approved companies will continue to be monitored and can lose their approved user status if they breach any of the requirements.

Anyone interested in applying or simply want to find out more should contact

View a list of approved companies who have passed their inspection and gained Dog Watch East Lothian Approved User status

Approved Professional Dog Walker, East Lothian Council, Block C Brewery Park, Haddington, EH41 3HA.

Telephone: 01620 827310

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.